Friday, May 18, 2007

Working small, walking tall

I am thrilled -- all three of my entries were accepted into the Attleboro Arts Museum's annual Small Works show.

The paintings that were selected are completely different from one another, from different series. This leads me to a good tip for would-be juried-show entrants. Last year, I entered this same exhibit with three pieces that were from the same series, just slight variations of each other (the type of application one would make to a gallery).

Only one of the paintings was accepted that time, making me realize that the juror's goal is to curate a well-rounded, exciting exhibit based on the very best images submitted. Unlike a gallerist's goal, which is to reveal one artist's exploration and development of a single concept or approach. So a juror is more likely to want variety, from the group of applicants as a whole as well as from the individual artists' applications.

With that thought in mind, my suggestion to other artists when applying to juried shows is to submit examples that are distinct from one another.

The Small Works Show is on view from June 15 to July 14. For more information, please visit or telephone 508-222-2644.

The painting pictured above is one of the accepted entries; it's "Web 2," made of acrylic and ink on canvas, and measures 17" H and 14" W.

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